Report: #197368

Complaint Review: Steve Kruse - Stonehenge Kennels

  • Submitted: Tue, June 20, 2006
  • Updated: Sat, July 19, 2008
  • Reported By: Redington Shores Florida
  • Steve Kruse - Stonehenge Kennels
    2345 HWY. 16

Steve Kruse - Stonehenge Kennels And All About Puppies Petstore BAD BAD BREEDER ripoff WESTPOINT Iowa

*Consumer Comment: Another Shiba owner

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

I just purchased a Shiba Inu puppy from All About Puppies, in Largo, FL. on June 12, 2006. I was told by the Salesperson that he had luxating patella in his knees. When I asked what that was (not being of the vetrinary profession), I was told by her that it just means that his knees haven't fully developed yet and that he would grow out of it. I then asked about the breeder that he came from, Steve Kruse of Westpoint, IA, and was told by her that he is a great breeder and that they use him all the time. THAT IS OBVIOUSLY WRONG!!

I took him to the vet within 3 days of the purchase and was told that the condition is a genetic defect that could one day need surgery. That it is NOT his knees being under-developed. I also found out that this precious little guy has kennel cough and needed to be put on medication.

Two days later, I had to take him to the emergency vet office, because he all the sudden started crying and limping. He would not step down on his right from paw at all. They didn't find anything wrong with him that night and said that nothing was broke or fractured. He has been "babying" that leg ever since.

I decided to look up Steve Kruse online and to my surprise found these reports here against him.

I would love to find out more about how others have handled dealing with this breeder. As for the petstore, I am going to be filing a complaint with the BBB.

Redington Shores, Florida
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#1 Consumer Comment

Another Shiba owner

AUTHOR: Maury - (U.S.A.)

I too purchased a shiba inu puppy about 6 months ago from a store called The Puppy Spot and it is affiliated with Puppies & Things, in Jacksonville, FL. My baby, on the other hand though, is absolutely perfect. Perfect standards, size, colors, and health. This is only the 2nd dog in 25 years we (my husband & I) have ever purchased from a puppy store. I find that the health of the puppies is as much determined by the conditions in the store as in the kennels that produce them. I would never purchase a puppy from a store that smelled odd or was even slightly dirty.

Puppies are like babies and need certian cleanliness and other conditions of car. I do not advocate puppy mills. But, the realization is it is a business. And puppy stores will not buy puppies from anyone that doesn't have that type of certification for breeding puppies for sale. I know, because I have bred 2 types of dogs over the years. Now, my 1st from a store was an absolutely adorable peke (same time the movie Gremlins came out) and then later I got a male )(from an indivual) and bred them 2 times having a total of 9 pups. As she aged I found & fell in love with another peke (at a flea market from an individual) then got another male and they produced 7 litters totalling 48 pups. I lost only 2 in that whole time. Mine have had only minor health problems. Then we started with akitas both purchased from individuals.

My male akita had to have his hip cut out due to dispalcia. And now with my miniture akita (my shiba) Shibas in particular are a dog you should read about and know well before purchasing. Any breed should be studied and investigated as to whether or not it;s the type for you. And all dogs come with the risk of certain health problems. Some more genetically prone to certain things than others. I can't say that Steve Kruse is more or less responsible for my pups health than the store he was purchased from or the care I give him. I currently own 7 dogs and take good care of all of them, but it is work and not without vet bills occasionally.
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